Benzoic acid and its derivatives as naturally occurring compounds in foods and as additives: Uses, exposure, and controversy

  title={Benzoic acid and its derivatives as naturally occurring compounds in foods and as additives: Uses, exposure, and controversy},
  author={Ana P{\'e}rez del Olmo and Javier Calzada and Manuel Nuñez},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition},
  pages={3084 - 3103}
ABSTRACT Benzoic acid is an aromatic carboxylic acid naturally present in plant and animal tissues, which can also be produced by microorganisms. Benzoic acid and a wide range of derivatives and related benzenic compounds, such as salts, alkyl esters, parabens, benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, and benzoyl peroxide, are commonly used as antibacterial and antifungal preservatives and as flavoring agents in food, cosmetic, hygiene, and pharmaceutical products. As a result of their widespread… 

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